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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 24
Published at 24/09/2021 at 06:29

Sept 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening steady on Friday, with futures marginally down 0.03%.

* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco said it would extend its green targets by promising net zero carbon emissions by 2050 across its operations together with those generated by the products it sells and its supply chains.

* BP: Oil company BP said it had temporarily closed some of its petrol forecourts in Britain after its ability to transport fuel from refineries was hit by an industry wide shortage of truck drivers.

* FOOD DEAL: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he met this week in New York, asked him for an "emergency" agreement to supply a food product that is lacking in Britain.

* BREXIT: The European Union must respond urgently to Britain's demands for changes to the deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland, British Brexit Minister David Frost said on Thursday.

* GOLD: Gold prices firmed after falling 1% in the previous session, as concerns over China Evergrande's debt woes drove some investors towards safe-haven bullion while a weaker dollar also lifted the metal's allure for holders of other currencies.

* OIL: Oil prices rose for a fourth straight day due to global supply concerns following powerful storms in the United States, with China's first public sale of state crude reserves causing a momentary blip in the rise.

* UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 lagged regional indexes with a 0.1% fall after the Bank of England said the case for higher interest rates "appeared to have strengthened" after it nudged up inflation forecasts for the year.

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))